Carnegie Mellon University

Eberly Center

Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation

PeerPresents: An In-class Peer Feedback System

Peer feedback is a central activity for project-based design education. This TEL demo
shows how PeerPresents, an online peer feedback system developed at CMU, enables
students to get feedback during class without burdening the instructor. Before class,
presenting students write questions to guide the feedback they will receive on their work.
During class, feedback providers answer those questions using a laptop or mobile
device. Feedback providers can also vote on or react to feedback provided by others.
After class, the presenting student uses PeerPresents to organize and reflect on the
feedback they received. PeerPresents not only makes the logistics of peer feedback
easier, but is also being used as a research tool to investigate ways to teach students
how to be better feedback givers and receivers.

Cook, Amy
Hammer, Jessica
Dow, Steven